The holidays are just around the corner, so now is a great time to start plotting out gifts for those little loves. Sure, you could hit the toy aisle and go nuts… or, you could give them a gift that keeps them moving and that they’ll stay interested in beyond those first days. Here are a few ideas to start with if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the active kid in your life.

Novelty Activities

Trampoline parks, skating rinks, climbing walls, adventure centers – the family-friendly options out there are growing by the month, but most families can’t afford to frequent them daily due to time and, let’s just be honest – cost. A gift card is a perfect solution that the recipient can use any time throughout the year and likely covers at least a few visits.

Wheel Around Town

Bikes are a classic gift, but often a bit pricey to just grab out of the blue, making them a perfect holiday gift. If your little one already has a bike, consider investing in a tandem bike, depending on their age, or keep it retro with some roller skates, a scooter, or a skateboard – all things your kid is sure to love! Extend the gift by coupling it with a pass to a local skatepark.

Sports Gear

If your child is into athletics, there’s no doubt that their hobby comes with gear – whether it’s specialty shoes, balls, leotards, or training equipment. Rebounders for the soccer player, golf or football targets, new dive toys for the pool, or their own practice beam are things they might love, but that you might not shell out for on a normal day – but the holidays are the perfect time to splurge on the latest and greatest.

Activity-based Toys

Because no tree is completely filled without at least a few toy store surprises, consider basics like hula hoops, pogo sticks, stomp rockets, bug catching-kits, and kites all make for fun, active play – without taking up tons of storage space.

Yard Games

Being active doesn’t need to be contained to just athletics or sports training – it’s a lifestyle! And what better way to teach your kids than by partaking yourself. Consider investing in yard games the whole family can play. Croquet, bag tosses, or bocce ball are a few must-haves, but there are also games suited to younger players – check out Farkle or yard dice games like giantYahtzee!

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